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Cricket’s Men T20 World Cup: Everything that you must know

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In June 2024, the International Cricket Council’s ninth Men’s T20 World Cup promises to deliver entertainment to cricket lovers around the world. This event, eagerly awaited by fans, will be co-hosted by the United States and the West Indies, making it the first time that the Caribbean islands have had the opportunity to share the stage of T20 cricket. Several venues in both countries will be used for games from 1st June through 29th June. 

Leading Teams

India (Ranked #1 in T20I)

India is a force to be reckoned with in T20 cricket, having Virat Kohli alongside Rohit Sharma – and Surya Kumar Yadav. Nonetheless what might let them down could be their bowling attack where although they have some good options they lack experience compared to other sides.

Australia

Winning the 50-over World Cup recently put Australia high up among the favorites heading into these championships; David Warner with Pat Cummins provide a mixture of youth & experience. However, they lack enough depth down the order when it comes into consideration total runs that must be scored during an innings while setting a target.

England

England are not only defending champions but also boast of having won two out of four previous tournaments held before this one meaning if there was any side capable of pulling off such a feat consecutively then it has got to be these guys. 

Jos Buttler’s explosive batting at the top order poses a threat while Adil Rashid-Moeen Ali spin combination has recently caused some upset. 2024 cricket world cup betting predictions have been slightly inconsistent, raising questions about their ability to defend their title. Can they rediscover their winning ways and repeat their 2023 World Cup success? 

While the above teams are considered favorites, a few others have the potential to cause an upset, like: 

West Indies

The Windies, co-hosting the tournament, will enjoy the passionate backing of their home crowd. This familiar environment can be a significant psychological boost, potentially giving them an edge in close encounters. Their batting lineup is arguably the most destructive in world cricket.  

Their power-hitting prowess, especially at the top order with Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran, can take any bowling attack apart on their day. Additionally, the presence of experienced all-rounders like Kieron Pollard can provide crucial balance to their batting and bowling attack. 

While they possess talented bowlers, their consistency can be a concern compared to some of the other top teams. If the Windies can find a way to plug this gap with disciplined bowling performances, their home advantage and explosive batting lineup can propel them to a deep run in the tournament, potentially causing an upset. 

South Africa

South Africa is doing well in the recent T20 series. They have­ a strong team with good batters. Quinton de Kock and Te­mba Bavuma are the captains. The middle­ order players like Rassie­ van der Dussen and David Miller are­ very skilled. They can change­ the game quickly. Kagiso Rabada is a fast bowler. Tabraiz Shamsi is a spin bowle­r. So their bowling attack has both fast and spin options.

South Africa could not do well in rece­nt ICC events. But if they ke­ep playing like this, they may do ve­ry well in the next World Cup. If the­y handle pressure we­ll, they can give a tough time to the­ favorites. With such a deep squad, the­y may even become­ contenders to win.

Pakistan

They have Babar Azam who is a world-class player while Rizwan has shown he can be relied upon at this level after filling up for former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed during his absence due to suspension over racist comments made towards South African, All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo back in 2019. Shaheen Afridi leads an aggressive bowling attack, but there always remain question marks over how consistent their middle-order batting will turn out to be.

Other sides like Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Afghanistan could cause some surprises as well. The 2024 T20 tournament will see many teams capable of winning it given that there are a lot more nations now who have won world championships before compared to when limited-overs cricket first came into existence; thereby making any prediction very difficult indeed!

Individuals to Keep an Eye On

The approaching T20 World Cup has all the hallmarks of becoming a glitzy event, with a number of seasoned hands as well as budding talents competing for personal glory.

Virat Kohli (India)

The man himself needs a little introduction. After going through a lean patch in recent years, Kohli bounced back to peak form during the 2022 IPL where he emerged as the highest run-scorer with an average of 61.33 and a strike rate of 144.93. His experience coupled with his desire to win the T20 World Cup for India will be invaluable.

Suryakumar Yadav (India)

He is ranked the No. 1 batsman in T20 cricket around the globe. His ability to hit the ball all over the park supported by an average of 46.56 and a staggering strike rate of 187.78 in T20Is since 2022 makes him a nightmare for any bowler. He will hold the key to India’s success with the bat.

Yashasvi Jaiswal (India)

The 22-year-old southpaw has been an aggressive top-order batsman who has been making waves in the domestic circuit. His impressive outings during the recently concluded Asian Games coupled with consistent performances at various Indian T20 leagues earned him a maiden call-up to the national side. His partnership with Rohit Sharma and ability to provide explosive starts could be vital for India.

Conclusion

The T20 World Cup promises to be a wide-open contest with India, Australia, and England as favorites. Watch out for resurgent stars like Virat Kohli and potential breakout players like Yashasvi Jaiswal. Don’t count out dark horses like West Indies and South Africa, who can challenge with home advantage and recent form. Get ready for a month of thrilling cricket! 


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Amanda Graham
Amanda Graham
News staff at The Eastern Herald. Writing and publishing news on the economy, politics, business, and current affairs from around the world.

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